This may be the first time football and Rosh Hashanah are mentioned in the same sentence, but it is also the first time that the Jewish New Year and the new football season start on the same day.
Now, if I refer back to an earlier post is that just coincidence? After all we kick-off the New Year and every football game begins with a kick-off. Fear not, I will not tread there.
However, I do love new beginnings and the start of the new football season, a New Year, and almost anything new I find a joy. I was even one of those kids that loved the first day of school, moving into a new neighborhood, a new job, and just about anything that causes me to experience something original is refreshing.
Plus, September has always been celebrated for ushering in something new, and although many may not celebrate Rosh Hashanah, all know about new beginnings and football. In fact, this entire month is known for new beginnings. School starts, autumn starts, football starts, and the new TV season starts.
September is truly a month of new beginnings and for me there is no better way to welcome this time than with some words from the great theologian, philosopher and poet JohnO’Donohue from his book To Bless the Space Between Us. John was aware that not everyone shares the joy of new beginnings. He writes that:
Beginnings often frighten us because they seem like lonely voyages into the unknown. Yet, in truth, no beginning is empty or isolated. We seem to think that beginning is setting out from a lonely point along some line of direction into the unknown. This is not the case. Shelter and energy come alive when a beginning is embraced. We are never as alone in our beginnings as it might seem at the time. A beginning is ultimately an invitation to open toward the gifts and growth that are stored up for us.
Here is John’s blessing titled: For a New Beginning
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown…
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
Happy Holiday, happy September and good luck in your football fantasy leagues.
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